OnePlus have been making spectacular smartphones that deliver one of the best Android experiences.
It offers flagship-level performance and design for a fraction of a premiums smartphone's price. It's powered by Qualcomm's latest chipset every year and has one of the most beloved features i.e. Warp Charge.
Even though the company opted to remove the headphone jack, the company still got a pass simply because they deliver great hardware — apart from one thing.
While OnePlus smartphones perform like a beast, they always seem to underperform in one department — the camera.
Don't get me wrong, the camera is not awful but it's also not up to the mark when compared to other smartphones.
We test numerous smartphones throughout the year and even some budget smartphones have managed to take better pictures than the OnePlus 6/6T.
I've often heard internet trolls comment on every iPhone or Pixel Review “I can buy a OnePlus 6 and a DSLR for the same price as an iPhone.” While that may be true when considering price as a factor, but if you like to take quality pictures, you will end up doing just that.
Unless you're a photography enthusiast, you really don't want to lug around a DSLR camera everywhere with you. Ask me! I do it for reviews and it's not always convenient.
In an age where social media plays a vital role in our lives, we really need a good camera smartphone that doesn't cost too much and OnePlus needs to be that phone. I'm not saying that future OnePlus smartphones need to have the best smartphone cameras, I'm just saying it needs to be better.
Even with the addition of Nightscape mode on the OnePlus 6T, the camera still takes pictures that are often blurry, noisy and also face focusing issues.
In fact, it's a recurring problem that you can find on OnePlus' official forums as well.
Having said that, the company has improved the OnePlus6/6T's imagine capabilities over time with regular software updates and incremental upgrades in the hardware department each year, we can expect something outstanding with the OnePlus 7.
OnePlus and Oppo share the same supply chain as we've seen OnePlus use the tear-drop design it borrowed from R17 Pro. In fact, there's a good chance that OnePlus may use Oppo's upcoming smartphone camera.
As of now, the OnePlus 6/6T uses a dual-camera setup however neither of the lenses is a telephoto lens. Hence, the smartphone uses the 1x/2x zoom feature digitally which often leads to an image with distortion.
OnePlus could use Oppo's new Telephoto lens that is expected to be announced at MWC next month. The new camera is said to have a 10x optical zoom which means it is possible to see a similar camera on a future OnePlus smartphone.
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OnePlus has already confirmed that its future smartphone will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and is also working on a 5G ready phone. Other rumours suggest that the OnePlus 7 may have a seamless notch-less design and a sliding front-facing camera.
In many ways, OnePlus 6T/6 is already the perfect Android smartphone for users. It delivers great performance, charges real quick and has one of the best UIs out of there. It offers a premium design that sometimes outmatches flagship level smartphones.
All we need now is a great camera sensor that can make OnePlus 7 the perfect smartphone we've always wanted. It's the only reason preventing me from making it my primary device and if OnePlus manages to deliver a great camera, it will be the ultimate smartphone of 2019.